Is there really something out there will keep me dry no matter how much rain or sweat is happening?
Finally, after years of hearing whispers about the wonders of a particular Canadian brand, I shelled out for an Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket. Given the high cost of all things Arc’teryx, it’d be fair to ask whether I’ve got any closer to the Holy Grail?
To find out I took it on one of Australia’s most strenuous walks: Tasmania’s Western Arthur Range. The south-west obliged by making it a very wet and windy trip.
Design, Comfort & Durability (Rating: 90%)
The pit zips allow for better ventilation – and thus vapour control – during exertion, and the jacket has a neat scooped tail: perhaps not enough to sit on, but good for cycling and a bit of extra protection for your derriere. There’s also a small internal zipped pocket, suitable for a phone or a GPS, but perhaps not a map.
The Zeta AR Jacket is medium to light in weight (425g), made from N70p 3 layer Gore-tex fabric. That’s not Arc’teryx’s heaviest duty fabric, so I’m not sure I’d subject it to a lot of scrub-bashing. But overall it feels strong and durable,
Functionality & Ease of Use (Rating: 95%)
The cuffs adjust easily, with the sleeves long enough to cover your hands in a downpour or to velcro at your wrists for more normal use. You can pack it into its own hood, which makes it neat and small when stowed.
What I Like
- Highly waterproof
- A great wind shield
- Good hood adjustment
- Relatively light
- Very comfortable
- Looks good
- Water-resistant zips
What I Don’t Like
- The price. (Even on special – and that’s how I got mine – they are still expensive).
- Although they make sense in keeping rain out, I haven’t got used to the reverse zips on the pockets (you open them downwards).
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